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Sorry to say this is pretty deep into the canon for a new follower of the path. Liked learning how real life of Gotama differed from life suggested by Hesse in Siddhartha. Liked seeing an approach to the teachings that treats women and adherents versus monks equal in opportunity. Liked seeing how doctrine fits with day by day work and life of a householder and not just with monastics and monks in forests. Quite learned, well researched, and well presented. Not for those with ADD or limited interest in dharma. Thanks for lots of useful information.
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Excellent review of the historical Buddha. In addition, this book is invaluable for a deeper, or new, understanding of layordination and/or the western practice of Buddhism in general.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
a great insight - but I struggled with Stephen's narration - I would have preferred a better reader
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
In parts this book was very interesting. It went into great detail of the Buddha's life. It was rather long and at times I found it a bit dry. I think this book is suited to those who have already studied Buddhism and want to know more about its history. Whilst it did touch on Buddhism in the secular age I felt like the title of the book was a little misleading. I was expecting more examples of the application of Buddhist philosophy and practise in a modern western environment.
I would only recommend this book to serious Buddhist heads
1 of 1 people found this review helpful